San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Performance U

$10 million gym seeks to produce top college athletes By providing student athletes an extra edge, Sports Academy could score home runs, touchdowns, goals and baskets with parents.

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StoneFire Sale Could Stoke Growth

RESTAURANTS: Investor to finance expansion by co-founder’s sons.

Valley area’s StoneFire Grill has a new owner.

Cloudy Future For Qualstar?

TECHNOLOGY: Company adapts as data storage market evolves.

Qualstar tries turnaround as data storage sector evolves.

Smile in a Flash

Dentist’s quest to commercialize quick implants

Dental implant company picks up speed in Simi Valley.

Cap Reminds Pot Patients To Medicate

Prop 64’s passage opens new market for bottles with timer.

Expanded pot legalization widens potential for bottle timers.

Farmers Test Water Market In Ventura

Cal Lutheran students will monitor deals during pilot program.

Water market debuts in Ventura County.

New Owners Take Reins at Saddle Peak

Restaurant will retain casual ambiance and exotic meat menu.

New restaurateur takes over revered Saddle Peak Lodge.

UCLA Opens Campus in West Valley

Extension facility to feature on-site classes, video conferencing.

UCLA Extension eyes older Valley residents with new satellite.

Hollywood’s Film Freezer

ENTERTAINMENT: Vault in Thousand Oaks will preserve movie history at low temperature.

Hollywood films get frozen in new Thousand Oaks vaults.

Biotech Startup Sienna Makes Early Acquisition

M&A: Westlake Village firm combines pharma with laser hair removal.

Westlake Village startup rolls up skin treatment company.

How One Developer Found In-Fill Opportunity

CONSTRUCTION: Xebec plans to transform former mine into e-commerce complex.

Xebec digs in deep in Sun Valley for new industrial space.

Hospital, Nurses Union Sign Wage Contract

LABOR: Deal will bring financial certainty, better recruitment to AV.

After almost a year and a half of negotiations, Antelope Valley Hospital and the California Nurses Association have signed off on a new union contract, affecting more than 1,000 nurses at the Lancaster hospital.

Exhibit Teaches Tourists the Culture of ‘Avatar’

ATTRACTION: GES works with James Cameron to bring Pandora to life.

Themed attraction company GES and partners have produced a traveling educational exhibit based on the blockbuster film “Avatar.”

LAPD’s Foothill Fund Fills Baskets for Needy

PHILANTHROPY: Donations of toys, cosmetics and cash boost campaign.

The Foothill Community Police Department’s annual drive to replenish its Needy Family Fund was successful again this year thanks to the generosity of the local business community, with Woodland Hills’ USI Insurance Services LLC leading the way in both monetary and material donations.

Special Needs CEO

Cynthia Sewell, long-time leader at New Horizons for the developmentally disabled, retired last month.

Cynthia Sewell, New Horizons’ former chief executive, reminisces on changes in special needs.

SPECIAL REPORT: Trump Bump for M&A?

Investment bankers look forward to a year of deal-making under the new administration.

Investment bankers see a prosperous 2017.

SPECIAL REPORT: Open Market to Close Books

Local companies battle for niche in financial software market.

Apartment Builders Seek Industrial Lots

DEVELOPMENT: Chinese firm buys Woodland Hills site.

Developers have hunted all over the Warner Center area of Woodland Hills for older retail and restaurant centers that they could replace with apartments. Now they have widened their search to put industrial buildings in their crosshairs.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Antelope Valley Hospital will face reduced Medicare payments based on a health care quality score, according to the Antelope Valley Press.


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Cherokee’s Pattern of Self-Renewal

Cherokee’s strategy; public pensions bury Californians.

Handbook for the New Year

2017 rings in new laws for businesses.

Marketing Lessons from Hillary, The Donald

Election strategies, academic study illustrate how a sequence of messages guides consumers to make a decision.

Trump and Clinton’s election messages yield insights on strategies.

Staying Ahead in a Global Marketplace

Today’s global market means inventing – and re-inventing – jobs.


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Retailers Hire Niche Agency

ADVERTISING: Boutique contracts with Smart & Final, 99 Cents.

Bloom Ads wins big with Smart & Final contract.